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Pfizer will only ship HALF of the Covid vaccines it planned this year due to ‘supply-chain problems’

PFIZER will only ship half of the Covid vaccines it planned this year due to "supply-chain problems."

However, the company does still expect to roll out more than a billion doses in the new year.

“Scaling up the raw material supply chain took longer than expected,” a company spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal.

“And it’s important to highlight that the outcome of the clinical trial was somewhat later than the initial projection.”

Pfizer and Germany-based partner BioNTech SE had initially hoped to send out 100 million vaccines globally this year.

However, the target has now been slashed in half to 50 million.

"We were late," a person directly involved in the development of the Pfizer vaccine told the WSJ.

"Some early batches of the raw materials failed to meet the standards. We fixed it, but ran out of time to meet this year’s projected shipments."

The delay announcement comes as terrifying coronavirus figures were revealed in the United States.

On Wednesday, there were a record 2,885 Covid related deaths, more than 100,000 patients hospitalized with the virus across the country and 200,000 new cases.

According to the New York Times, Wednesday’s record breaking deaths passed the previous single-day high of 2,752 on April 5.

With 2,885 coronavirus deaths in 24, that worked out to one person dying every 30 seconds in the US, a Times reporter pointed out.

Times reporter Mike Baker tweeted, “2,885 deaths reported in one day. That is 1 death every 30 seconds. It’s more than the death toll at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

“It’s more than all the U.S. military casualties in the endless war in Afghanistan."

As of Wednesday, more than 273,000 Americans have now died from the virus since the start of the pandemic, as the total US Covid-19 cases continues to soar with the total count nearing 14million.

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in recent months, health officials have warned of a deadly surge to come following the Thanksgiving holiday as millions of Americans ignored CDC warnings and traveled to celebrate with families.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield warned that the coming months may be “the most difficult time” for the US in the pandemic.

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times,” Redfield said when speaking to the Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

“I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” the top health official added.

Redfield projected that daily death tolls will continue to range around 1,500 to 2,500 – with the total possibly reaching 450,000 by February.

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